Will the FIFA Showdown Be a Papal Throwdown?

Courtesy of the very funny folks at CatholicMemes.com. Who saw this coming? The papal craziness hits a new high on Sunday, July 13 — OMIGOSH, it’s 7/13, and Pope Francis was elected on 3/13/13, and my mind is blown — when Argentina goes up against Germany in the finals of the FIFA World Cup of Soccer/Football, in Rio de Janeiro, host city for Francis’ triumphal “Pope... More

Old, Good News

Usually, when Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The Daily Beast are giddy with excitement over something the Pope said about abortion, gay-marriage, or contraception, there’s either been a serious misunderstanding or the eschaton is near. For those who haven’t yet heard, America Magazine (and several other Jesuit publications worldwide) has just published a lengthy interview of Pope Fra... More

Pope Francis: Protect Creation, It Points to God!

This being the Feast of St. Joseph, Pope Francis used the homily of his inaugural Mass to highlight our vocation as “protectors.” Having just taken the name of Francis (after the saint of Assisi, patron of ecology) the Pope also specifically addresses our role as protectors of creation and the environment: The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Chr... More

Neither Left nor Right, Greek nor Jew, Male Nor Female

A Jesuit mission, northern Michigan. We’ve all been bombarded with information, notions, guesses, photos, hopes, and fears about the new pope over the last forty-eight hours.  Indeed, 50 hours ago (at least at the time of this writing), hardly anyone in the United States or in most parts of the world knew anything about the man who was to become Pope Francis.  Some of the responses–at le... More

Pope Francis’ Adoption Position Shared by Many Homosexuals

That didn’t take long. It’s already time to defend the new Pope. Much is already being made about Pope Francis’ opposition to gay adoption when it was at issue in Argentina in 2010. This humble man who cooks his own food and takes public transportation puts a lie to the smear that equates all pro-family positions with hatred. Reports John Allen Jr., “He has shown deep compassio... More
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